Washington D.C. is not just the capital city of the USA, but also a vibrant city that provides all travellers a unique taste of its culture, history and buzzing atmosphere. As one of the country’s most historic cities, here are some iconic places you need to visit in Washington D.C.  

Lincoln Memorial 

Lincoln Memorial
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The Lincoln Memorial took almost 60 years to be built, with original plans to be a pyramid! The dedication to Abraham Lincoln stands tall above the Reflecting Pool. Its 36 columns represent the number of states that Lincoln kept from breaking apart during his lifetime, then once you walk through, all 50 states are mentioned on a plaque. This is one of the most iconic places to visit in Washington D.C.  

Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials 

Korean War Veterans Memorial
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For a thought-provoking look into some of the USA’s history, make sure you visit the Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials. Here you can pay tribute to those who served in both wars and lost their lives. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial features ‘The Wall’ (a long black wall with names etched into it) and the Korean War Veterans Memorial features moving statues.  

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 

Holocaust Memorial Museum
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This museum serves as the official memorial to the Holocaust. Abbreviated to USHMM, it is mind blowing to think of how much history is stored here. While some people may find it confronting, it is a highly informative way to learn about the Holocaust. The USHMM’s overall mission is to prevent genocide and promote human dignity, with permanent and special exhibitions on offer. 

The White House 

The White House
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At six levels high and 132 rooms, The White House has been the home for every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. But did you know that Philadelphia also built its own presidential home? This was done in the 1790’s in a bid to keep George Washington to stay in the acting capital. They weren’t successful and the Washington D.C. White House has become an icon for the entire country ever since. Public tours can only be requested through a member of Congress, but you can walk around the outskirts to take in the formidable building.  

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. is the largest of all Smithsonian museums with over 8 million visitors a year, so it’s no wonder that this museum is an iconic place to visit. It is filled with the world’s largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft (including the Wright brothers’ famous powered airplane) so makes for one of the most interesting museums in Washington D.C.!  

Eastern Market 

Eastern Market, Washington DC
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Designated a National Historic Landmark, the iconic Eastern Market has been in operation since 1873! Local food producers sell tempting fresh food throughout the week and artists sell their handcrafted creations on weekends, too. The Eastern Market is perfect for the foodies, those who love arts and crafts, or even if you just love a good market.  

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